With the Tour de France starting July 5, you might be tempted to take your own long-distance bike ride through the French countryside. These cycling tours let you come close to pedaling that famed route—or veering off on a more luxurious jaunt.
Duvine Cycling + Adventure Co.
Andy Levine founded DuVine in 1996 on a tight budget, and now offers small-group trips in 21 countries. His travel philosophy places equal emphasis on eating, drinking, cycling, and sleeping, and the company limits trips to 14 to ensure a quality time for all. Levine has personally tested almost every one of his tours, and cites Corsica, France among his favorites for its dramatic coastline views and challenging bike route. (It should be noted that Corsica is geared toward riding pros.)
Highlight: Levine said Tuscany is the most popular destination at the moment. Tour styles range from weekend bike enthusiast to hard-core cycler, though all include gourmet meals, wines, and stays in luxury hotels. Opt for the couture tour for the chance to stay at five-star properties such as the Castello di Velona, a restored medieval fortress with a spa and pool fed by an on-site mineral hot spring — perfect for post-cycling recovery.
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